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UPDATE: Shot fired during Riteway robbery; Cash taken- RVIPF

A shot was fired during the robbery on Riteway Food Market on Flemming Street last evening, June 13, 2016. Photo: VINO/File
Information just reaching our newsroom is that the Riteway supermarket on Flemming Street on the main island of Tortola was robbed by two armed bandits tonight, June 13, 2016. Photo: VINO/File
Information just reaching our newsroom is that the Riteway supermarket on Flemming Street on the main island of Tortola was robbed by two armed bandits tonight, June 13, 2016. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A shot was fired during the robbery on Riteway Food Market on Flemming Street last evening, June 13, 2016.

This is according to the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, who also stated that cash was taken by the two masked men who pounced on the business establishment sometime around 8pm.

Police are now asking persons who were parked or walking behind Riteway Supermarket on Flemming Street yesterday evening to come forward.

“Two masked persons came from the back of the building around 8pm and walked through the main entrance doors into the supermarket. One discharged a round of ammunition and demanded money from the cashiers. They then both fled the scene the same way they came with monies from two of the cash registers. No persons were injured in the incident,” a press release from the RVIPF today, June 14, 2016 stated.

Police are asking for persons who may have been around the area or inside of their vehicles at the time of the incident to come forward and assist Police with their investigation into this incident.

Persons can contact the RVIPF Intelligence Unit at 368-9339 or detectives within the Criminal Investigations Department at 311. Persons can also call the Miami based Crimestoppers number 800-8477 and give that information anonymously.

See previous article published June 13, 2016

Armed bandits hit Riteway store in RT

Information just reaching our newsroom is that the Riteway Food Market on Flemming Street on the main island of Tortola was robbed by two armed bandits tonight, June 13, 2016.

It is still not clear what exactly was taken and whether anyone was injured during the act.

The bandits reportedly escaped on foot.

“I can confirm a robbery at Riteway, Flemming Street around 8:30pm tonight. Police investigations are ongoing,” said Police Information Officer Diane Drayton when contacted.

It was on the evening of April 18, 2016 that four armed men robbed the One Mart Superstore in Purcell.

A shot was fired by one of the robbers; however, no one was injured.

43 Responses to “UPDATE: Shot fired during Riteway robbery; Cash taken- RVIPF”

  • y (13/06/2016, 22:50) Like (24) Dislike (66) Reply
    This place is so slack anyone can do what they want and get away with it.
  • Hmmm (13/06/2016, 23:06) Like (32) Dislike (1) Reply
    We up and down praying for all around the world tragic problems - some setting their profile picture with flags of other places - when the Virgin Islands where they live is in problems..
    Parents trying hard, it just that the youths have a deffftent outlook on things. Their fuel is from ratchet Not give a F$&k people - people would blame the NDP when people should let people be responsible for themselves...

    Little Dix close - don't know how I'm going to pay my bills but in gods name selling drugs and robbing ain't an option. God is a good good and who his help I will make it. It's sad what this beautiful place has came too..

    Too much trying to be bad man in the place - the youths are destroying themselves
  • Jobs for youths (13/06/2016, 23:07) Like (15) Dislike (13) Reply
    Yeah ndp gah us starving so things cant go the "rite way"
  • wize up (13/06/2016, 23:15) Like (34) Dislike (3) Reply
    where are the police; you do not see any police in the city: where are the police, if one area in this territory that should be safe is the city: you only see the police out in numbers after crimes are committed in the territory and that is wrong....where are the police
    • they waiting (15/06/2016, 11:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      they waiting for ndp to pass the budget for patrolling officers salaries...that might come out closer to election time.
  • whose fault is it? (13/06/2016, 23:46) Like (15) Dislike (9) Reply
  • well sah, (14/06/2016, 02:03) Like (22) Dislike (9) Reply
    look what the (b)vi has come too; lawlessness all over we town; the other caribbean countries goin soon call us down, if not already. The NDP leadership has failed us!
    • wize up (14/06/2016, 06:45) Like (21) Dislike (4) Reply
      @well sah; I have to agree with you about the lawlessness and it's not only in town but all over the territory because of very poor is my opinion the leaders only care about themselves and their political friends as well as miss spending our tax money: when your back is against the wall things will happen: never imagine that I would have seen BVI in this sad state(just saying)
  • affected (14/06/2016, 03:04) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    It will have more armed robberies
    Ppl hurtin unda dis NDP gurvernment meson
  • voter (14/06/2016, 05:18) Like (43) Dislike (6) Reply
    I blame NDP they killed our little BVI
  • Nonsens (14/06/2016, 05:33) Like (4) Dislike (12) Reply

    You sound like a @$$ .this is the only place have robberies?Tortola is like any country robberies killing gun men's just shut up bout place slack

    • Butttt (15/06/2016, 12:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You do realize that the crime rate has rocketed just within the past few months
  • Edward (14/06/2016, 06:28) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Get the Police out on the street not inside sleeping or socialising. If caught with a gun, the bad guy should be sent immediately to Prison. They know who has the guns.
  • !!!!!! (14/06/2016, 06:30) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    I'm saying it, they need to bring in some of those police from the South for a few months to put some order in place and deal with these so call wanna be little gangsters and who think they are bad. I bet they will be S;;;;ing in their pants. See these cops is not afraid. They will put these bad boys in their places and send them home crying. This negative stuff is going to destroy the tourist industry big time.

  • Truth (14/06/2016, 07:10) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    The peak of crime in the BVI does be like around summer/festival time and that time ain't even reach yet lord help us, because I done see this year alone will make record in the BVI for crime and doc Dolittle say crime down, sir please wake up from behind the wheel because your facts is surely not facts
    • Cancel vacation (14/06/2016, 10:23) Like (11) Dislike (12) Reply
      I was planning to bring my family and two of my co-workers down to Tortola for Carnival. My co-workers wanted to see the BVI so bad. but, with all this stuff going on, we decide to book a cruise to the Northern Carribean.
  • what a mess (14/06/2016, 07:14) Like (21) Dislike (4) Reply
    the bvi is turn bottom up every thing seems to have gone wrong since the ndp take over
  • fact (14/06/2016, 07:44) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is the only government that letting the crooks rob from honest hard working people and businesses. When they dont give you a chance to defend yourself.They need to allow you to bear arms. They done see it got more guns to rob, but not to defend. Its their fault.
    • Business Owner (14/06/2016, 15:09) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      @facts: I agree with what you saying, The thieves know businesses is not license to carry fire arm, so right there they know it's going to be easy because it's no challenge, even a patrol police couldn't stop that robbery last night because the don't carry guns, only the 5-8 police in blue does in a country that have 30,000 people to protect, police scared must less us, we in trouble, business owners and home owners need license fire arm or else we will be forever victims and the robbers will always celebrate
  • SMH (14/06/2016, 08:19) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
  • well saw (14/06/2016, 08:38) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    They need to taget the rich and thoes politians who rthief off the ports project
  • JACK BE STILL (14/06/2016, 09:15) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    it was bound to happen if people got no jobs
  • Eagle Eye (14/06/2016, 09:51) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    It could only get worst
  • de silent one (14/06/2016, 10:51) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's becoming too regular with these serious crime, and you are not seeing any positive outcome to them. Too many unsolved, murders, robberies and don't talk about the burglaries. There competent officers out on the street away from what they do best, investigate, but the organization are not looking at the seriousness of the crimes. The Commish have to take the lead to combat these things and put aside those incompetent staff of his.
  • Hire and pay for quality.. (14/06/2016, 11:41) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Slack supervision. I was there shopping the cashier at the door busy talking to the security guard and the security guard busy talking to the cashier while I wait to be cash. I say you busy talking to the guard man and I'm waiting to be cash...She bus me if its woman I want she be talking to...Both of them were young people...They need to hire and pay mature and responsible people..
  • Amen (14/06/2016, 11:47) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    Just let’s thank Jehovah not one got hurt
  • Skeptic (14/06/2016, 12:42) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Cause and effect.

    Cause: When you give criminals caught with guns (with no job) a $20,000 fine and not the mandatory sentencing the effects are!!??
    Cause: When you give drug dealers caught red handed in the act importing drugs bail chances are they have to pay a layer. The effects are!!??

    Ladies and gentleman we have a failure to apply the law..
    The government have failed us the judicial system have failed us.
  • @Fact (14/06/2016, 13:24) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    what in the name of creation does the government have to do with who decides to go out and steal. If your child decides to rob someplace it's the government. When we stop blaming the government and teach your children right from wrong.
    • Jon Q (14/06/2016, 14:34) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well tell them free up the money and give the youths jobs and stop try to pocket it, some time back they did a survey and showed when the gov gave those young men around the place a lil chopping bush here and there the crime rate drop drastically and when they ain't guess what a drastic rise so u tell me if gov can't help a bit, it seems like this what they want
  • Rough Justice (14/06/2016, 13:27) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Stop playing with these people who is committing these crimes and getting away with it. If you have a suspect in custody and if it take 3 days in interagation strip their behind down naked in a ice cold room untill they talk or beat the hell out of them until they talk. You go to work, you worrying if someone is breaking in your home, you leave work at night, you worry if someone is following you home or when you get out of your car if someone is going to rob you. Yeah, I carry and if someone try to rob me I am going to use my weapon on the person and turn myself in. Crime is everywhere but it is to the point where the hard working law abiding person is getting victimize. Something is wrong here, this place is to small for all this bull::;t. I am thinking about hiring a private ex-marine from overseas to be my personal body guard.

    • Common Sense (14/06/2016, 17:51) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      The last time I check. They have a lot of good x cops on their staff.. Working in the day. Why not use them at nights to guard all their businesses and their staff?
    • wize up (14/06/2016, 18:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      @rough justice; you sound old school but you can't deal with suspects like that anymore: suspects these days have more rights than the victim of the crime thats way the police are so hands off in this territory ..back in the day when Babylon get them hands on you as a suspect it's was some serious blows:
  • della (14/06/2016, 14:28) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    It's only a matter of time before those same politicians meet the same crooks in their houses waiting on them because they done thief off the government funds and they ain't helping no one but their cronies
  • ccc (14/06/2016, 17:15) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need jobs not vg visits and blaming vip
  • Street reporter.. (14/06/2016, 17:41) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Monkey knows how strong the limb is that its going to jump on before it jumps...Thieves are not fools... The security need to be more vigilant... Not just at rite way but all around. Things are getting serious...
  • old (14/06/2016, 20:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the bvi is goning down the hill very fsat just one more year
  • Belonger With A Broader Perspective (15/06/2016, 00:56) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jesus, What is happening here? I pray for NDP! God, Let them do right by the people. Laws need to change. Law enforcement and innocent people can't be at the mercy of criminals. Security guards at stores also need to take their jobs serious. It's not just a few dollars in addition to your cop salary. Your role is to serve and protect. You can't do it talking to people and/or on your phone distracted from your main concern. Store employees keep your eyes open.
  • mother hen (15/06/2016, 10:48) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply

    dem need to look work

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